Interconnected Health 2012 Program Highlights

Press Release | Health Level Seven (HL7) International, HIMSS, OMG | March 15, 2012

“Interconnected Health 2012: Enabling Health through High-Impact IT;” presented by OMG®, Health Level Seven® International (HL7), and HIMSS, features a full program of top-notch presenters and topics of interest to the healthcare IT community. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, Ill., on April 2-4, 2012. Registration information and the full program may be found online at

Interconnected Health 2012 focuses on approaches, challenges, and solutions affecting the ability to connect health organizations and systems, and the role of IT as an enabler in achieving this connectivity. Geared toward the CxO suite and senior leaders within healthcare organizations, Interconnected Health provides a venue to hear what peer organizations are doing (both within the US and abroad), to exchange ideas, and to interact with peers who are leaders in this space. The theme of the conference is “Enabling Health through High-Impact IT.” Sub-tracks focus on Clinical Decision Support, Clinical Vocabulary and Terminology, Service-Oriented Architecture, Mobile Health, Enterprise Architecture, the Role of Open Source in Health IT, Devices, and Health Information Exchange. Some session highlights include:

  • Experiences with NHIN Direct, by Kevin Puscas, Principal Consultant, Nitor Group;
  • A Service Based Approach to Patient Identification at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, by Virginia Lorenzi, Manager, HIT Standards and Collaborations, The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Associate - Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics;
  • A Converging Approach from Enterprise Architecture to SOA – Singapore’s Experience in National eHealth Initiatives, by Victor Chai, Senior Enterprise Architect, MOH Holdings Pte Ltd.;
  • Implementation of OpenCDS, an Open-Source, Standards-Based SOA Framework for Clinical Decision Support, with Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, Project Founder and Principal Investigator, OpenCDS, Director, Knowledge Management and Mobilization, University of Utah Health Care; Daryl Chertcoff, Senior Project Manager, HLN Consulting, LLC; and Angel Aponte, Computer Specialist, Software, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Immunization; and
  • Using NIEM for Health Information Exchange, by Tony Mallia, Practice Director, Edmond Scientific Company.

The full program is available online.

Registration & Information
Interconnected Health is hosted by OMG, HL7 International, and HIMSS. Registration information is available at Exhibit space is available; for more information contact Mike Narducci at [email protected] or +1-781-444 0404. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Ken Berk at [email protected] or +1-781-444 0404.


About Health Level Seven (HL7) International
Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International ( is the global authority for healthcare Information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

About OMG
OMG® is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. For more information, visit